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« Reply #90 on: August 26, 2008 07:45:11 PM »

very nice
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« Reply #91 on: August 28, 2008 02:51:16 AM »

thanks for sharing, i can't really believe that this works, isn't the plastic melting? i may have to try that  Wink
and if you don't mind me to ask: what are "sharpies" for? or better: what are sharpies? i live in austria, i have never heard of them outside craftster. are they similar to copic markers if anyone knows them?
excuse that dumb question, it seems there are lots of things that we don't have here

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« Reply #92 on: August 28, 2008 07:01:12 AM »

what are "sharpies" for? or better: what are sharpies?
....are they similar to copic markers if anyone knows them?

Sharpie is a brand name for felt-tip pens with permanent (rather smelly) ink. They'll go onto plastic without smudging. They come in different thicknesses; some make very fine lines, some are fat. Most are black, but there are some colors.

Shar-peis are asian dogs Grin

I'm not familiar with copic markers. Trade you a sharpie for a copic marker!
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« Reply #93 on: August 28, 2008 01:18:01 PM »


Sharpie is a brand name for felt-tip pens with permanent (rather smelly) ink. They'll go onto plastic without smudging. They come in different thicknesses; some make very fine lines, some are fat. Most are black, but there are some colors.

Shar-peis are asian dogs Grin

I'm not familiar with copic markers. Trade you a sharpie for a copic marker!


hehe, great idea. (and funny information about the dogs  Grin it's essential to know unimportant facts about absolutely everything Wink )
mhm, copic are felt-tip pens too, and available in a few hundred  different colours  and they come with lots of different brushes and thicknesses... i think it is from 0,1 mm width of the brush to a cm, there are stiff ones and really brush-like ones
i know them from graphic school, we use them for illustrations (because its possible to do colour gradients with them and they allow to colour surfaces that you don't see different lines after drying, like watercolour. and because of the variety of colours and brushes)
i shall try to use them on plastic, i never thought of that before!

thank you so much!
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« Reply #94 on: February 03, 2009 12:02:15 PM »

looks cool, love recycling. I hav tried this sort of thing with a soldering iron, but this looks gd 2.

Hannah.
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« Reply #95 on: April 02, 2010 07:51:04 AM »

Ive been wondering how to make these for a long time!
Thanks for sharing the tutorial!
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« Reply #96 on: October 20, 2010 12:16:03 PM »

wow coolest idea ever! i had a blast making a few of them before work today... cant wait to make a bunch more, thanks for posting this (:

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« Reply #97 on: July 15, 2013 08:59:26 PM »

Instead of making just one bead at a time this way.  After rolling the plastic, tie with ribbon or rope that will survive 350 degree heat.  Put on something in baking pan that won't cause the plastic to stick if you use to much heat.   Put in oven and heat no more then 300 to 350 F - watch as in check every few minutes on plastic till they shrink and are ready to be untied as beads.   In Sahara Africa, women cut the plastic bottles into strips, tie with ribbons and bury in the sand early in the morning.  They let them lie there all day and unbury then at night.  By that time they remove the ribbons and the sand has not only made the rolled plastic strips into beads, but has given them a nice golden color from the sand.  You can as such also put your rolled plastic tied with ribbon into a box with sand and let it sit in very hot sun for the full day (like a solar oven - in a box but with sand) and have the same results. 

Have also seen people put decorated paper into the strips of plastic before rolling instead of using ink or colors, and the beads come out nicely as well.
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